Brewed by The Mussel Inn
Style: Spice/Herb/Vegetable
Onekaka, New Zealand


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RATINGS: 49   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.33/5   EST. CALORIES: 150   ABV: 5%
A red brown beer flavoured with the freshly picked tips of the Manuka tree. A very distinctive beer with proven medicinal qualities. The only one out of 240 New Zealand beers to rate 10 out of 10 in Keith Stewarts book ’The complete guide to New Zealand Beer’. Also featured in ’Best - a New Zealand compendium’. Compiled by Ella Griffiths, published by Awa Press. Also available on tap at Hopgood’s in Trafalgar St. Nelson, The Abbey at Appleby and Jester House in Tasman.

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   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Wombata (614) - Kobe, - APR 13, 2012
Bottle. Aroma: Earthy, Manuka honey, pear, roasted grain, white flower blossoms. Subtle. Not explosively aromatic like the APAs etc. that feature NZ hops. Palate: Medium bodied. Flavor: Roasted malt, softened by Manuka honey-like flavor and Manuka tea. Orange, and a lingering dry Manuka on the finish. Comments: Smooth, medium-full mouth feel without being heavy. Well-made, though hop heads beware. This succeeds in featuring the Manuka aromas and flavors and any more hopping would over power this character. In this it successfully achieves its goal.

   AROMA 2/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 2/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 4/20
UjoKlobasa (401) - SLOVAK REPUBLIC - DEC 31, 2015
On tap. Artificial drug store shampoo aroma with a bit of roasted caramel. This is just an experiment which went wrong.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 9/20
ALLOVATE (2828) - Perth, AUSTRALIA - JUN 11, 2014
Pours a deep mahogany, not quite bright, with sparse, fine carbonation. Head settles to a thin pad of tight beige bubbles and manages a thin lace weave. Strange aniseedy, herbal, almost medicinal nose that also shows hints of spruce, stewed rhubarb and mushrooms, Benadryl cough medicine and paperbark. Similar on the palate; medicinal and woody with a complex herbal flavour not dissimilar to Unterberg aperitif. Dowdy, astringent berry finish with licks of aniseed, paperbark and rhubarb. Fades off quickly. Body is medium light with soft carbonation and an oily finish. Not altogether tasty or appetising. Would love to try a fresh sample; this one seems a little beyond its used by. One for a re-rate! (33cL, no date stamp, Cellarbrations Carlisle)

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Pyobon (1262) - Sydney, AUSTRALIA - FEB 16, 2014
(On tap) Clear copper with slight white head. Nice floral aroma - rather reminiscent of rose petals.Light body and medium carbonation. Taste is light, refreshing and elegant. Slightly honey sweet, floral with a hint of stone fruit and negligible bitterness. Nice easy drinking beer.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
chinchill (3894) - South Carolina, USA - JAN 20, 2014
On tap in the beer garden at the brewpub. 4% ABV Deep amber with excellent clarity and a decent head. Feel: Somewhat crisp, with medium carbonation and a dry finish. A tad thin. Aroma: the manuka shows in the very floral aroma that also has a hint of pine. Spicy hops and manuka dominate the finish and lasting, very tasty, and mildly bitter aftertaste. O: Distinct but not challenging. Recommended.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
kiwianer (3428) - Otorohanga, NEW ZEALAND - OCT 4, 2013
The head is good, the body goden-brown. It smells sweet- lemon. Taste is lemon, parfumed, fresh, bit hoppy, lemon, bit smoked-lemon, fruity-strange, bit bitter. Ok

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 9/20
lisagirl (264) - Christchurch, NEW ZEALAND - SEP 8, 2013
UPDATED: OCT 19, 2013 mild grassy bitterness, even milder honey. it’s okay, but a bit bland really.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Travlr (19929) - Washington, Washington DC, USA - AUG 9, 2013
Draft at Fork and Brewer. Clear deep amber color, off white head. Aroma of perfumy pine. Taste is herbal pine and creme brulee. Really interesting. And I’m glad I won’t get scurvy today.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Rangi (670) - NEW ZEALAND - JUN 27, 2013
Nice clear amber poor. Nice cabonation and head. Aroma is of Manuka with plenty coming through in the flavor. Great beer for showcasing that flavour of Manuka but not much else going on. Slighly lemonady I felt. Well done beverage that I enjoyed.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
DylansDad (558) - North Shore, Auckland, NEW ZEALAND - MAY 3, 2013
Much sweeter in aroma and taste than I was expecting. Very rose like, then thick clouds of caramel roll in.The manuka is well done and balanced by the other components, it is most noticeable as an airy and resiny high-note in the after taste. My bottle may or may not have been a bit oxidised, but it felt a little empty in the middle.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 9/20
Cantabrian (971) - Christchurch, NEW ZEALAND - FEB 23, 2013
Too pungent. The resinous f;avour is too strong. Perhaps I should not have taken it, but I’ve had herbal/spice ales that I liked. I’m sure it’s got great medicinal properties though. The old knowledge...life expectancy in the time of shamans must have been through the thatched roof.

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